Forbes — 20 March 2017 — Supply Chains and Adjusting to Trump

Supply Chains And Adjusting To Trump: Think Local And Global Article by Kate Vitasek published 20 March 2017 in Forbes It’s still early in the Trump presidency, but not too early for supply chain professionals to begin planning for what could be major challenges in global markets and trade agreements, especially if President Donald Trump […]

Supply Chain Brain — 2017 Resource Guide

2017 Supply Chain Management Resource Guide Supply Brain Brain’s annual resource guide published 27 Feb. 2017. Here the link to the digital edition: https://supplychainbrain.magtitan.com/magazine/issues/SupplyChainBrain-Jan-Feb-2017 Other links to articles by Kate Vitasek, Karl Manrodt and Joe Tillman: Kate’s article on SBM — https://supplychainbrain.magtitan.com/magazine/issues/SupplyChainBrain-Jan-Feb-2017/strategic-sourcing-in-the-new-economy Kate’s article on education — https://supplychainbrain.magtitan.com/magazine/issues/SupplyChainBrain-Jan-Feb-2017/putting-people-and-processes-in-position-to-prosper Karl’s story on education (with Donnie Williams) — […]

Supply Chain 24/7 — 20 December 2016

McDonald’s “Secret Sauce” for Supply Chain Success Article by Kate Vitasek published by Supply Chain 24/7 on 20 December 2016 — it was chosen for online publication from a feature article on Vested’s McDonald’s case study in Supply Chain Management Review (which is subscription only). Is there a “secret sauce” for consistent supply chain success? McDonald’s, […]

Christmas Stocking Stuffers

What are professionals with a Vested frame of mind looking for as they place their Christmas stocking on the fireplace mantle this year? Here are some of the items I hope Santa will seriously consider leaving for procurement, outsourcing and supply chain professionals to prepare them for the post-Brexit, new-Globalization, and Trump World eras: A […]

SIG Inside Sourcing — Dec. 2016

Performance-based and Vested Sourcing Business Models: Gainsharing in a New Dress? Article by Kate Vitasek published 16 December in SIG’s Inside Sourcing Newsletter. I often get the question, “Is Vested Outsourcing really gainsharing in a new dress?” The answer is no. On the surface, gainsharing, a performance-based agreement, and a Vested sourcing business model all […]

Deloitte Says Outsourcing “Accelerates Forward”

Deloitte “takes the pulse” of global outsourcing every two years or so, and its latest survey reflects the growth of outsourcing, and indeed observes it is accelerating “forward” and making a “beeline toward innovation.” Deloitte found the acceleration is guided by three key trends: – Companies are broadening their approach to outsourcing as they begin to […]

Outsource Magazine — July 2016

Horacio Falcao and the value of value negotiation Article by Kate Vitasek published In Outsource Magazine on 14 July 2016 Professor Horacio Falcão, a Senior Affiliate Professor of Decision Sciences at INSEAD, warns companies should not start – nor necessarily end – on “price” when it comes to negotiations… Here’s the link: http://outsourcemag.com/horacio-falcao-and-the-value-of-value-negotiation/#!  

Outsource Magazine — July 2016

Europe is in turmoil after Great Britain’s vote to leave the European Union. Those who now claim to know what will happen now – in outsourcing or in other area – will make two big mistakes: First, they will show that they don’t understand what Brexit is. Brexit is, to use the words of author Nassim Nicholas Taleb, a “black swan”: an unexpected event with largely unforeseeable consequences, just like 9/11 or the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy filing. Second, they will simply be wrong.

Do Your Homework before Deciding to Reshore

A recent item on Ryder’s Exchange blog notes that after nearly two decades of offshoring manufacturing across the Pacific, “some automotive, technology, aeronautics and consumer electronics companies have decided to ‘reshore’ their operations closer to home.” For many, Mexico has become the near-shore destination of choice, the article continues. The reasons? Ryder notes the economy is strengthening and “the trade […]

Outsource Magazine — June 2016

I think three to five years from now you will see a boomerang effect from many of the companies that have shifted to multisourcing.